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December 27, 2012

A Charitable Bracelet

By Katie Shapiro | Philanthropy

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© Courtesy of Aspen Charity Bracelet

Launched just in time for this past holiday rush, the Aspen Charity Bracelet (from $695) makes a slopeside style statement with a modern cutout of the iconic peaks of Maroon Bells. In support of the surrounding area, a portion of all bracelet sales benefits the Aspen Valley Land Trust, which sustains the pristine open spaces in western Colorado.

Jenny Lee Walsh, the local jewelry designer behind the piece, was inspired by her mother’s tradition of collecting charms throughout their travels. When Walsh relocated to Colorado, she wanted something to mark her next chapter. “I was really looking for a unique piece in line with my personal aesthetic, but didn’t have much luck beyond the signature Aspen leaf,” she says. “It was the perfect time to design my own.”

The look is modern, simple and classic. Yellow- or rose-gold charms are paired with satin cords in colors like caviar black, sable tan and midnight blue. In addition to a diamond inlay, Walsh also offers black diamonds and emeralds to give the charms “a bit more edge.”

Additional inspiration for the bracelet came from Dr. (William) Scholl, the late foot-care pioneer who also happens to be Walsh’s great uncle. An avid traveler, “Uncle Doc” brought back baubles from around the world. “He was also a craftsman, which not many people know, and made amazing leather and metal jewelry,” she says. “Some of my most cherished pieces from my personal collection are from him.” aspencharitybracelet.com.

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